Benedict Cumberbatch calls for Guantanamo Bay shut down after The Mauritanian

Dan Seddon
·2-min read
Photo credit: Prime Video
Photo credit: Prime Video

From Digital Spy

enedict Cumberbatch has called for the closure of Guantánamo Bay after making his Afghan war film The Mauritanian.

Sitting down with The Independent, the Oscar-nominated actor (who's currently shooting Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness) weighed in on how the secrets he learned during pre-production have inspired him.

Photo credit: Prime Video
Photo credit: Prime Video

Related: Benedict Cumberbatch puts on Southern accent in first trailer for new movie

Conceding that the US intelligence services were under "a great deal of strain" at the time of the prison's inception in the aftermath of 9/11, Cumberbatch noted: "We are, I think, far enough away now from that reaction, that understandable emotional reaction, to question its ongoing validity.

"And I feel quite strongly that Guantánamo doesn't have a place in our world."

Meanwhile, the star also admitted he'll "plead" with US president Joe Biden to shut down the infamous jail.

"It is a huge spend," he said. "It's the most expensive prison on Earth. And what are the results? Where are the prosecutions? That's just being really brutally economic about it, it just doesn't work. And then you have the human rights issue.

Photo credit: Prime Video
Photo credit: Prime Video

Related: The Serpent star got waterboarded for real when filming new movie

"It's an atrocious own goal, I think for the free world to be incarcerating people through extraordinary rendition, torturing them and extracting confessions they think are then usable in prosecution… it is a really dangerous, unnecessary and ineffectual place, I think, and enough people have suffered there."

The Mauritanian is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Digital Spy's digital magazine is back! Read every issue now with a 1-month free trial, only on Apple News+.

Interested in Digital Spy's weekly newsletter? Sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox – and don't forget to join our Watch This Facebook Group for daily TV recommendations and discussions with other readers.

You Might Also Like